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News Items – February 21, 2019

Alison Stone is a member:
4 mental-health journaling prompts for the reflective soul who doesn’t know where to start
till, journaling can seem like a daunting task—especially if you’re not in the habit of writing about your feelings regularly. The good news? According to New York–based holistic psychotherapist Alison Stone, LCSW, there’s no such thing as a right or a wrong way to journal—and there’s not a specific amount you have to do it, either. “For some people, it might be daily, while for others it might be weekly,” Stone says. “Experiment with not only what gives you the most benefit, but what is realistic for you to commit to on a regular basis.”

One year after Parkland massacre, SWFL students get candid about mental health
Below are recommendations from national organizations for the optimal amount of school personnel to student ratios. National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recommends 1 social worker to every 250-400 students. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends 1 school counselor to every 250 students. National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends 1 school psychologist to every 500-700 students.

Hortense McClinton is a social work pioneer:
225 years of Tar Heels: Hortense McClinton
UNC-Chapel Hill
Hortense McClinton was in eighth grade when she realized what she wanted to do when she grew up. A woman who worked for the Children’s Bureau in Washington came to a school assembly to talk about social work. McClinton had never heard of such a thing, but she left school that day thinking, “That’s it. That’s what I want to be.” And, that’s what she became. In 1966, McClinton, who had been working as a social worker in Durham, began teaching in the UNC School of Social Work. When she started, she became the first African-American faculty member to be hired at Carolina.

Christina Allen is a member:
As military suicides climb, silence could be fatal
The Day
With news that the suicide rate among active-duty military personnel is at a record high, a suicide prevention coordinator with the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Connecticut is calling attention to the fact that asking about thoughts of suicide doesn’t increase risk, and that intervention can help prevent suicidal behavior. “There’s still the perception that asking somebody if they’re having thoughts of suicide could cause them to start having those thoughts, or could cause them to act on those thoughts, and this is just not true,” said Christina Allen, a licensed clinical social worker with the VA in Connecticut.

Justin Lioi is a member:
NO, Masculinity Is Not Dead [Podcast]
The Good Men Project
The #MeToo Movement has been a long time in coming. But just because some men are louts and engage in toxic behavior, it’s not necessary to demonize authentic masculinity. Most men are good guys. While they should not carry the blame for the misbehavior of others, it doesn’t mean there aren’t positive actions they can take to support the social change that is happening.… Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specialist in men’s issues and regular Good Men Project contributor Justin Lioi talks about what that looks like with Lesli Doares.

Melbourne Moran is a member:
[Audio] How Nashua, N.H.’s Second Largest City, Is Managing The Opioid Epidemic
As part of NHPR’s Crossroad: The N.H. Opioid Reporting Project, The Exchange went on the road on February 7, 2019 to the Nashua Public Library for a live discussion on how the city is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid crisis.… Melbourne Moran [is] Director of Integrated Care and Population Health at Harbor Homes Inc. Moran oversees the Mobile Crisis Response Team, Safe Station, the transitional housing program, and outpatient behavioral health services. He is also a licensed clinical social worker focusing on trauma-informed care and workforce development in healthcare.

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